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Work Programme 2016-2021

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Work Programme: delivering against the UNISDR Strategic Framework 2016-2021

Reducing disaster risk is essential to build a sustainable and more resilient world. The
impact of disaster risk reduction is two-fold: reducing the vulnerability of communities
to hazards safeguards development gains, while risk-informed development contributes
to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Investments in disaster risk reduction
have led to a decrease in disaster-related fatalities. Despite that success, however,
climate change and a variety of other risk drivers result in an increase in human and
economic losses every year.

This Work Programme describes how the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
(UNISDR) will contribute to reducing disaster risk in line with the Sendai Framework for
Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and other international agreements, including the
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
This Work Programme articulates how UNISDR intends to meet the Objectives of its
Strategic Framework 2016-2021 over the two biennia, 2016-2017 and 2018-2019.

UNISDR strategic framework 2016-2021

In support of the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction: a theory for change

The UNISDR Strategic Framework is underpinned by a theory of change in which the reduction of disaster risk is essential to sustainable development, and where a risk-informed development path is key to the successful management of disaster risks.

United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience

Towards a Risk-informed and Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development

The United Nations Secretary-General proclaimed that “All investments in sustainable development should be risk-informed”1. The Secretary-General’s statement reflects the enormous toll disasters are taking on development prospects (conservatively estimated at US$314 billion per year in the built environment alone2 ). Since 2005 more than 1.5 billion people have been affected by disasters in various ways, with women, children, youth and other vulnerable populations disproportionately affected . If additional losses were accounted fordue to climate change, the estimates would be higher.